Missouri prisoner beaten to death by cellmate

Cole County deputies say 35-year-old Mark Melton has died from injuries he received at the hands of his cellmate on Aug. 9.

An inmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center is dead after succumbing to injuries he sustained when his cellmate beat him severely on Aug. 19.

According to the Cole County Sheriff's Department, 35-year-old Mark Melton, who was serving a sentence for first-degree attempted sodomy, was beaten by his cellmate, identified only as a 33-year-old white male, who was serving a sentence for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Melton was transported to University Hospital in Columbia after the attack, where he died Sunday.

An autopsy was performed Monday, the results of which will not be ready for several weeks.